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New Zealand Parliament Institutes New Regulations for the Vaping Industry



In 2020, New Zealand’s parliament instituted comprehensive regulations to govern the nation’s vaping industry. Vaping has been fully legal in New Zealand for several years, but it has taken the nation’s government quite some time to come up with a set of regulations that it believes will keep vaping an appealing and affordable option for smokers who want to quit while ensuring that those who don’t smoke – especially teens – will not be enticed by it. 

The great news for New Zealand vape shops like Premium Vape is that the regulations ensure the future of the New Zealand vaping industry as a whole. Entrepreneurs aren’t going to sink their life savings into vaping-related ventures, only to have the government regulate the industry out of existence in the future. New Zealand’s government supports the idea of vaping as a means of reducing the harm associated with tobacco use and has established a framework that will allow the industry to thrive into the future.

With those things said, the new regulations will certainly change some ways about how the vaping industry operates in New Zealand. What’s going to change? That’s the question this article will explore.

How Will New Zealand’s Vaping Regulations Change Things for Traditional Retailers?

New Zealand’s vaping regulations will most likely make vaping products much less important to traditional retailers like supermarkets and convenience stores than they currently are. That’s because traditional retailers now have the following restrictions when selling vaping products:

  • They are unable to sell e-cigarette cartridges and pods or e-liquids in flavors other than tobacco, menthol and mint.
  • They are unable to offer discounts or loyalty programs for vaping products.
  • They are unable to recommend specific vaping products or show customers how to set them up.

With these rules in place, just about the only thing that a traditional retailer in New Zealand can do to advertise vaping products is display them next to the cigarettes. That’s certainly a good way to introduce vaping to people who smoke, but the limited e-liquid flavor selection available from traditional retailers means that the smokers who enjoy vaping will quickly gravitate to the specialized vape shops that can still sell e-liquid in all flavors.

How Will New Zealand’s Vaping Regulations Change Things for Vape Shops?

New Zealand’s vaping regulations probably change the sale of vaping products more fundamentally for traditional retailers than it does for vape shops, but vape shop owners will deal with a few significant changes as well. The regulations define a specialized vape shop as one that earns almost all of its revenue from vaping products. For those businesses, New Zealand’s vaping regulations mean the following:

  • Vape shops will still be able to sell vaping products in all flavors.
  • Vape shops will be allowed to discuss the pros and cons of different products and to show customers how to set the products up. To help facilitate the sometimes-challenging transition from smoking to vaping, people will be allowed to vape in vape shops.
  • Vape shops will be allowed to offer discounts and loyalty programs.
  • Vape shops will not be allowed to advertise and will attract new customers mainly through SEO initiatives and word of mouth.

The fact that vape shops in New Zealand can still sell the full range of available vaping products means that, in broad strokes, it’s still going to be business as usual even with the country’s new regulations in place. Upon closer inspection, though, it becomes evident that the inability to advertise will represent a major change in how vape shops do business. 

How Will New Zealand’s Vaping Industry Evolve in the Future?

Industry observers agree that it’ll be interesting to see whether New Zealand’s new vaping regulations will help or hinder the nation’s goal of becoming virtually tobacco free by 2025. The advertising restriction for vape shops doesn’t prevent those companies from using techniques like search engine optimization to attract web traffic, but without advertising, vape shops can only hope to attract traffic from people who already know what vaping is and are specifically looking for vape shops. Vape shops would need to advertise in order to attract smokers who haven’t tried vaping yet and don’t know about its benefits – but they can’t do that.

It’ll effectively be the traditional retailers displaying vaping products next to the cigarettes, in fact, who will become New Zealand’s greatest ambassadors for vaping. Since traditional retailers can’t sell vaping products in all flavors, though, the products they offer won’t be the most appealing ones on the market. 

Given the new legal situation in New Zealand, a smoker who decides to switch to vaping will take an interesting path toward doing so. The “tobacco” e-liquids that traditional retailers are still allowed to sell are rather notorious for tasting horrible, so it’s conceivable that many New Zealanders will buy their first vaping kits from their local convenience stores only to decide that they don’t like vaping and don’t want to explore it further. Those who persevere and seek out New Zealand’s many local and online vape shops will learn that the world of vaping consists of many more than just three flavors – almost all of which are infinitely better than tobacco, menthol and mint.

As mentioned above, New Zealand’s ambitious goal is to eliminate virtually all tobacco use in the country by 2025. To help that happen, New Zealand’s parliament has established a legal framework that will allow vaping businesses to survive and thrive into the future. At the same time, the regulations also limit those businesses’ ability to reach the people who need to switch to vaping if New Zealand is to have any hope of reaching its tobacco-free goal. In the end, converting the country’s nearly half-million smokers to vaping is probably going to require extensive word of mouth in the form of a major grass-roots intervention by New Zealand’s vaping consumers. New Zealand has a long way to go before it eliminates tobacco use, so hopefully the country’s vaping community is up to the task.


The Ultimate Wellness Summer Guide



Summer is about to kick off in a gorgeous way.

Our ultimate wellness guide this season has been carefully curated with top editor picks that will bring you bliss. From beauty products to health companies, we have brought together a list of outstanding items that will shine as bright in your life as the summer sun.

For the Perfect Summer Manicure –

Radiant Cosmetics viral Nail Growth Oil lives up to all the hype.

Founder and TikTok influencer Ruth Ismayelyan and her vegan brand have overwhelmingly captivated beauty enthusiasts for good reason. Her cuticle oil has a unique formulation that after using in a week creates a noticeable difference. Nails look shinny and they start to grow in stronger. The results are really that quick. Nourishing your nails has never been easier and the vitamins in the formula also give a great boost to your overall nail health.

Ruth’s brand has also expanded to lipsticks, lip liners, and lash and brow serums. Products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, and non-GMO.






Cover art by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

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Mollie’s Fund Brings Skin Cancer Awareness to Forefront




For over 20 years, Mollie’s Fund has been at the forefront of melanoma awareness and making a difference in melanoma education – partnering with esteemed healthcare providers and medical institutions to educate all ages on the importance of sun safety, provide free skin cancer screenings, and connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and compassionate support.

They are a team of crusaders on a mission to increase awareness of melanoma prevention, provide information and services for skin cancer prevention, and support melanoma patients by connecting them to the latest treatments.

The organization began in honor of Mollie who discovered a mole on her thigh one day in collage. In the following six months, she underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation was created in her memory after her tragic death at the age of twenty. Since 2001, Mollie’s Fund has worked tirelessly to help prevent such a tragedy from impacting other families.

On May 30, they will host an event to raise funds and make a difference.

Join Mollie’s Fund for a pig roast from Buddy’s BBQ and live country music from Unwined from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Garden City Country Club.



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The BioCharger An Electrical Healing Device That Does Remarkable Things



I wrote about the bio charger, back in July of last year, but had a chance to use it again ar the Wellness and Travel Media Event. This machine uses energy to heal and dextox.

Science has confirmed the existence of a subtle energy fields around all living organisms, similar to the energy field recorded using thermal imaging technology. When optimal, this energy regulates cellular functions. But if it’s lacking or imbalanced, it causes cellular dysfunction, which decreases physical performance, injury recovery and overall well-being. The emerging field of energy medicine (EM) involves assessing and treating energy imbalances so that the body’s systems achieve homeostasis. This builds upon the work of Nobel Prize scientist Otto Von Warburg, who discovered that normal, healthy cells have trans-membrane potentials of approximately 70 to 100 millivolts, while fatigued, sick cells exhibit progressively lower voltages, which drop to as low as 15 millivolts in the case of cancer or disease. A prime example of what is happening now is the interference of 5G.

The BioCharger is a subtle energy revitalization platform that uses four types of transmitted energy—light, Voltage, frequencies, harmonics and Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Fields (PEMFs)—to stimulate and invigorate the body. A touch-free, safe, rejuvenating full-body treatment, BioCharger supports the recovery of strength, stamina, coordination and mental clarity. During BioCharger sessions, members experience a customized electromagnetic field that bathes the full body in frequencies designed to restore
homeostasis. Users have reported measurable improvements in energy levels, fatigue and overall well-being.

Health and Wellness Benefits
• Boosts performance and recovery: our clients consist of Olympic and professional athletes within the NFL, World Surf League, MLB, and NBA who use the BioCharger to accelerate muscle
recovery and reduce stiffness in joints
• Enhances mind-body balance: Aligns body and mind down to the cellular level
• Improves well-being: Delivers a variety of health-related benefits, including improved sleep and
stress reduction2
• Increases energy: Revitalizes cells and restores homeostasis, which can impact energy levels3

I only know one place to use this machine and that is at Ostrostrong, but it is definitely worth checking into.

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Sleep Well With Parallel



Finding the perfect pillow can be a pain in the neck (literally). It is said we get the deepest, healthiest sleep with a pillow that provides the perfect combination of softness and firmness, as well as the ideal loft to help support your neck and spine.

“One size fits all” doesn’t cut it for those who suffer from neck pain. If you didn’t have neck pain before using an inexpensive pillow, you probably will not getting the proper support.

Memory foam pillows have been the best pillow for neck pain, but adjustable memory foam pillows help the side, stomach, or back sleeper relieve neck pain. They however are not thermal regulating or hypoallergenic, which I have learned for me is key.

I have never had a pillow that I love as much as the Parallel pillow. I have the Parallel High Profile Adjustable Pillow($89) and since it has arrived I have slept like never before. I use awake with neck and shoulder pains….no longer. I also use to flip again….gone.

When the pillow arrives, you throw it into the dryer for 5 minutes and wow the pillow is fluffy and ready for use.

This pillow has an inner shell that contains ParaPur™ silver ions that naturally destroy 99.9% of microbes that cause odors, without nasty chemicals. Silver ions have a wide spectrum of biocidal activity against bacteria, fungi, and viruses, due to their high surface-to-volume ratio. Pure silver is also hypoallergenic. The sculptable, huggable Blutech Fiber Fill (BFF) inside the Parallel High Profile Pillow is a unique blend of downy hypoallergenic fibres and precision-cut gel visco foam that invites twice the airflow of conventional foam. You’ll feel the awesomeness immediately.

The pillow also boasts:

  • The perfect temperature, year-round. Never cold or hot
  • Easily adjustable pillow: add or remove fill for perfect support
  • Oodles of sculptable Blutech Fusion Fill (BFF) with 2X the airflow
  • Doesn’t go flat
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Wellsystem Waterbed Massage That Makes Your Body Feel Like You Are In Heaven



Yesterday at the Wellness and Travel Media Event I was offered to try the Wellsystem Waterbed Massage. Having to get up at 6am in the morning and not being a morning person, I was dragging by 11am. Then I tried the Wellsystem Waterbed Massage and was sent into nirvana.

In this world stress, bad posture, lack of exercise and 5G are causing more and more people to experience tension and pain in their neck, shoulders back and legs. Wellsystem‘s dry water massage uses heat and water power for a relaxing full, or partial, body massage. I had a five minute session and was brought back to life.

Warm water jets hit the underside of the soft natural rubber surface in even movements. They massage the body from head to toe while you float almost weightlessly on the dry water surface. The soothing warmth and gentle power of the water activates the deeper tissue layers and loosens the entire muscle system. The contactless dry water massage is exceptionally hygienic and an ideal supplement or alternative to manual therapy. 

Right now there isn’t a spa that has this in New York, but hopefully soon as this bed really did the trick.

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